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This year the end of October marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. 31 October 1517 Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany risking his life for the truth. Because of the religious climate to challenge the church he could have been killed easily. He was ready to give up his comfort, status and risk his own physical life in order to bring to the church a clear understanding of the Gospel. First, he was summoned to Ausburg to defend his theses before an Imperial Assembly, then, when he refused to change his views on the “sinful practice of selling indulgences”, he was excommunicated from the Catholic Church by Pope Leo X. Luther’s writings were “scandalous and offensive to pious ears”, as the papal commission found them. On April 17, 1521 Luther appeared before the Diet (Assembly) of Worms in Germany. Refusing again to recant, Luther concluded his testimony with the defiant statement: “Here I stand. God help me. I can do no other.” On May 25, the Holy Roman emperor Charles V signed an edict against Luther, ordering his writings to be burned. He was lucky, or saved by God, shall we say?, that he did not end up in flames unlike many of his writings and contemporaries.

Sharing God's Love in a practical way has always been our aim, whether that be overseas or in our local community. We support overseas mission projects via Commitment for Life and Nailsea Water Project. We also support Samaritan's Purse, Children's Hospice South West and local community projects by raising funds through special events and offerings.

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Induction Rev.d Janos Nagy

Rev.d Ruth Whitehead, URC Moderator of the Southwestern Synod, led worship on Sunday 11th September to Induct Janos as our minister in the Joint Pastorate with Horfield and Argyle Morley.

Dear Friends, I am Janos Nagy, a Hungarian and British national who moved to England with my family 12 years ago. In 2002 I had a transfer from the UCC, Calvin Synod, USA to the British URC. Prior to that, I served in the Hungarian Reformed Church as a local church minister, a part time teacher and an editor for a church publishing house.

What's it all about?

Church Membership is the way in which Christians who have made their home in the local church are encouraged to express their commitment to that congregation of God’s people.

Who are they?

Well Church Members are not Super-Christians, just ordinary people who meet regularly to try and make sure that the continued life and witness of the church is in line with how God wants it to be. You can still be effective within the life of the church without being a member, but only members have a vote at Church Meeting, and are therefore the people who, as a body, make decisions.